Alabama Getaway-> Promised Land, Brown Eyed Women, El Paso, Ramble On Rose, It's All Over Now, Jack A Roe, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Althea, The Music Never Stopped Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Samson & Delilah, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Wharf Rat-> Truckin', E: Johnny B. Goode
flac16; Set 1: SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony TCD5M/UDXL-II) -> Dat (Panasonic
Set 2: SBD -> Cassette Master -> Cassette -> Dat -> CD
Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller
Set 1: SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony TCD5M/UDXL-II) -> Dat (Panasonic SV3800/48k); Set 2: SBD -> Cassette Master -> Cassette -> Dat -> CD
May 14, 2018 Subject:
Dec79- First Brent-era Chi run, n1
This fall '79 tour marks the new band's first trip through the Midwest. They had been recording Go to Heaven (July '79-January '80- released 28 April 1980) and so here we get Chicago's first treat to some new tunes: Alabama Getaway, Althea, Lost Sailor, Saint of Circumstance. By then they had only played these about a dozen times. Must have been an exciting time in the band's history, for band members and fans, alike. This is the sound I imagine Jerry and co. were looking for, that unfortunately K & D couldn't (or wouldn't) provide. I think Brent simultaneously helped bring the band and its sound forward into the eighties -- and backward, to the soulful rhythm and blues of its co-founder, Pigpen. It's hard to believe, by the sound of him in these shows, that he'd still feel like "the new guy" nearly a decade into his tenure with the band. Hard to believe because just a few months in, he already sounds great. More of this fall '79 sound is featured on the first volume of Road Trips (1:1), showcasing 10/25, 10/31, 11/6, 11/8, 11/9, and 11/10. Just a few weeks later is Dick's 5, an absolute monster on 12/26/79.
At any rate, this show lifts off with a pumped up Alabama opener. Here's that new sound, again, give it a whirl. Early on in its history AG typically segued into a Bobby rocker-- like this night's Promised Land and the third night's Greatest Story Ever Told. It became their number one opener the next couple years (80-81).
Then again - who's with me? - after listening to a whole bunch of 78, I can't help but long for Donna a bit, especially near the end of Ramble on Rose. Where's her screaming, yeaaahhh? Notwithstanding, this is a great version. The Jack-A-Roe is also excellent. The supplication jam is slower, mellower and groovier than years prior. It builds with focus to crescendo starting at and around 3:30. First set also's got a tight Althea, and a solid Music Never Stopper- everyone popping off near end.
Next up, scarlet-fire set two opener! Phil and the rhythm devils are all over this scarlet. Bobby weaving some nice slide off of Jerry's jamming. Brent filling in wonderfully. The scarlet is longer than the track listing it at around 9 minutes, or at least the transition stretches out longer. Segue is hot, fire fire! Check out Brent around 5:45-7:15 on Terrapin. This, at least to me, is the more familiar Terrapin sound. Slow, focused, stretches with those electric keys. PITB around 8 minutes in is awesome. Rare trucking set closer - although they seemed to do this more in '79 than any other year. This is one of 3x they closed out set 2 with truckin' in '79.
All told, as with this entire run, first sets are solid, but they really bring it in the second. This second set clocks in at over 100 minutes. Check it out!
December 3, 2015 Subject:
Brent's First show was 4/22/79 at San Jose State University, Keith's last was 2/17/79 in Oakland, CA. My uncle and dad were at the last Keith show and my uncle said, "Keith was late coming out for the second set, I knew then his days were numbered." Brent was the best, but that's my $0.02!
December 3, 2015 Subject:
Just started listening to this show and I'm in the middle of Alabama Getaway and Brent is tinkering heavy and I love it! When exactly did Keith Leave the Band and when did Brent join? Like what was Keith's last show and what is Brents first show
Reviewer:Dave B 1986
April 10, 2015 Subject:
boy this is fun. the sound is terrific - can really pick up different tones on Jerry's guitar. You know it's a good night when "All Over Now" gets you. simply three chord white boy blues, but its toe-tapping good, jerry's licks are rollin and tumblin, and brent's organ is ripping. Also, I think was unaware of jack-a-roe played in 1979. Its a bit closer to the 1977 version I know (that got put on the fall-out from the Phil zone). Sometimes i find the post radio city versions of this less than compelling. This one is nice.
April 10, 2015 Subject:
monster 2nd set
this whole show rocks and 2nd set is some of the very best, nuanced, beautiful '79 sbds thx to the obvious source for final product.
playin>drums is smokin; almost getting into a JGB vibe and way out howard wales-type jamming.
sailor>st rocks; wharf rat heartfelt; trucking to end the show? unusual and different... jgb? icing on the cake.
loved it -- thank you grateful dead
December 4, 2014 Subject:
Left Chicago 2 months before this event, oh #$*^. Can't stop listening to it, especially Scarlet. OMG. Pure magic.
November 18, 2014 Subject:
I wonder how many times Truckin' is the walk-off - not too many I'd wager. It seems like it is always a song that is headed somewhere else in the end...apropos I suppose.
November 1, 2014 Subject:
Very cool ending to truckin. As if they were not sure what to do they just end. sound on this one is above OUTSTANDING
Reviewer:Steven Van Der Kraak
September 15, 2014 Subject:
Hot show on a cold night
Ahhhh hahhh ..... Charlie this is a reference copy not a "vault tape"
Thanks, Chuckles for making my favorite Dead show as easy to listen to as a "bookmark" on my browser.
Opinion: use wavelab not samplitude. This recoding sounds"digital" and it is not. I was there.
January 4, 2014 Subject:
very high energy
All Over Now, TMNS and Scarlet smoke
April 9, 2012 Subject:
This is real good.
They're all in fine form. Quite excellent. Great sound, superb jams.
August 21, 2009 Subject:
Grate show. Perfect sound once again from C Miller.
December 3, 2008 Subject:
Up at the Uptown
Stellar audio on this here recording. Solid playing and musicianship, too. Very typical (read: awesome!) fall '79 show.
Again the year of 79 astounds me with the particular care that hd been taken to record such amazing material. Awesome stuff and I love it all!! Every note, so there critics.
January 16, 2008 Subject:
Once again, kudos to CM. This is a stellar performance and an excellent recording. The only reason I am giving 4 stars is because I have not yet had a chance to listen through anythin btter than my computer. From Lazy Lighting on is superb...
October 4, 2007 Subject:
Can't believe this one's got no reviews yet!
It baffles me that out of two sources, there is only one review for this show! This is another solid show from the fall/winter of 1979. The sound on this one is good, and there's so much to like about it. Nice Scarlet>Fire and post-space is EXCELLENT - grate Wharf Rat, Truckin' in particular. Solid 4 stars.